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“Only the offensive leads to the attainment of victory over the
enemy,” wrote Col. Sidorenko, a Soviet military strategist in the 1970s.
“As a type of combat, the offensive has incontestable advantages over
the defense.”

Why is the offensive so incontestably superior?

Sidorenko explained, “The attacker has broad capabilities for
launching surprise strikes, for the rapid exploitation of the results of
nuclear attacks. …”

On Dec. 15, in a Washington Times op-ed piece, J. Michael Waller
broke a mainstream media taboo. He noted that Russia’s new hard-line
leaders had been “spending their time and money preparing for …
nuclear war against the United States and its allies.”

Waller’s statement, of course, is correct. As crazy as it sounds, the
Russians have been preparing for a Third World War, even as Russia’s
leaders have warned that such a war may be imminent. In recent years,
the Russians have built huge underground shelters, bunkers, and
nuclear-proof cities. Under Yamantau Mountain in the Urals, the Russians
have built an underground city the size of metropolitan Washington. But
that is not all the Russians have done.

According to Bill Lee, a former official with the Defense
Intelligence Agency, the Russians have 10,000 to 12,000 ABMs defending
their country. These ABMs have been deceptively described to the outside
world as Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), but as Lee told me in
Washington last February, many of these so-called SAMs can carry
one-megaton warheads far above the earth’s atmosphere. Lee also
explained how a special type of nuclear warhead, which puts out x-ray
radiation, could be used in these “SAMs” to kill American nuclear
warheads as they travel towards Russia, along flight-paths outside the
earth’s atmosphere. Inside the earth’s atmosphere, explained Lee, “the
Russians would use interceptor missiles with neutron bombs. The peculiar
characteristics of this warhead give it a better kill radius against
warhead electronics.”

Another peculiar move in recent months, the Russians have been
upgrading 180 MiG-29s to what they call the MiG-29 SMT. The upgrade
involves the addition of a fuel tank and in-flight refueling
capabilities that would give the MiG-29 intercontinental range. Why the
Russian Federation would need a jet fighter that could fly to Chicago is
something curious. If you put this together with the stockpiling of
strategic metals, food, and fuel, a more ominous picture begins to
unfold.

Since the NATO bombing began against Yugoslavia, Russian war
preparations have accelerated. Over 80,000 Russians have volunteered to
fight the West. Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry called up a
draft of 170,000 recruits. Russia also called up a large number of naval
and marine reserves, which have been used to man Russia’s Black Sea
Fleet.

In terms of naval deployments, the Russians have mobilized their
Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets for unprecedented
training exercises, which have been held almost continuously since 27
March. These exercises have involved marine amphibious landings, missile
launches, and mock air-strikes.

But Russia is not alone in preparing for war. China, too, has been
engaged in a serious buildup of forces opposite Taiwan. There is also
China’s invasion of the Spratly Islands, which are located more than 800
miles from China yet 140 miles from the Philippines. In January, Manila
was alarmed to discover that the People’s Liberation Army was erecting
gun and anti-aircraft emplacements on Mischief Reef. The Chinese
ambassador to the Philippines, Guan Dengming, insisted that China was
merely constructing “shelters for fishermen.” But a leading Philippine
official countered this, saying, “We strongly believe a fortress is
being built. …” Philippine Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado stated
that concrete buildings in the Spratlys “are beginning to look more like
military structures rather than the so-called fisherman’s refuge the
Chinese claimed it to be.” Mercado further accused China of bullying the
Philippines, referring to recent Chinese moves as a “a creeping
invasion.”

As it happens, Taiwan’s lifeline runs near to the Spratlys. On Jan.12
of this year, Taiwan President Lee, taking note of Beijing’s obvious
attempts to encircle his small island country, called on his fellow
citizens “to raise their vigilance against the military threat from
China.” Four days earlier, on Jan. 8, Chinese President Jiang Zemin laid
out the mission of the People’s Liberation Army in a speech: “We must
resolutely safeguard the unity of the motherland and the nation’s
territorial integrity.”

Unity, of course, is the war cry of the Communist Chinese against the
Nationalist Chinese on Taiwan. President Jiang also warned that the
Chinese People’s Liberation Army should prepare itself for two things:
nuclear war and internal uprisings. Soon thereafter, in mid January,
China conducted bomber and missile exercises in which Chinese forces
practiced targeting American troops in the Far East. The Chinese have
also announced radical changes in military doctrine. The Chinese Air
Force was placed in “offensive mode” in January, and China’s army
doctrine was altered to one of global war-fighting.

Chinese war preparations have also been unmasked, more recently, by
the United States Congress. The House select committee’s long-awaited
report, slated for release this week, describes the emergence of China
as a serious military threat, claiming that: 1) China has stolen five of
America’s most modern nuclear warheads through “pervasive” spying at
U.S. nuclear laboratories; 2) China has stolen satellite and missile
technology; 3) China has illegally acquired supercomputers,
telecommunications equipment, jet engines and sophisticated machine
tools.

Meanwhile, in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense,
America’s top general said last Tuesday that North Korea was continuing
to strengthen its military, which is mobilized and poised to attack
South Korea. According to General Henry Shelton, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, North Korea has deployed most of its one million troops
near the South Korean border to prepare for war. “Despite its collapsed
economy and struggle to feed its own population,” explained Shelton,
“the North Korean government continues to pour resources into its
military and to pursue a policy of confrontation with South Korea and
its neighbors in the region.” Shelton further said that the threat from
North Korea is serious.

In recent months the North Koreans, who are close allies of Moscow
and Beijing, have declared, “The United States will [soon] be reduced to
ashes and will no longer exist. …” North Korean headlines from the
first week of 1999 proclaimed that: “U.S. Imperialist Aggressors Will Be
Unable to Avoid Annihilating Strikes.” Another North Korean newspaper
stated that the Americans would be wiped “from this planet for good.” In
the New Year’s message of the North Korean government, the Communists
called on their citizens to “love rifles, earnestly learn military
affairs and turn the whole country into an impregnable fortress.”

South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung, fearing the Communist threat,
warned his people to be ready for a surprise attack from the North.

While the Far East appears on the brink of war, the Middle East is
equally bad. Intelligence International has reported that Saddam Hussein
recently sent a memorandum to “senior staff in the party, state, and the
army.” The memorandum says that war is imminent. It says that “the
showdown with the United States is not far away.” Further along, Hussein
promises a “crucial confrontation that will end in Iraq’s favor.”
Saddam’s memo also stated: “Iraq will confront — with determination,
vigor, and a devastating response that will be remembered throughout
history — the latest U.S. attempt to inflict harm on it.”

Small countries like Iraq and North Korea could not, by themselves,
defeat the United States in any kind of war. However, if Iraq and North
Korea are supported by the Russian-Chinese alliance, then we are talking
about World War III. In that event, all bets are off. Presently the
United States is not prepared for a global war, and is certainly
unprepared to fight a nuclear war.

From the statements of Iraqi and North Korean officials, one might
get the idea that these small countries know that something is about to
happen. The Iraqi and North Korean statements, as quoted above, seem to
indicate that weapons of mass destruction will be used against the
United States and its allies.

“A massed nuclear strike is a strike inflicted by a large number of
nuclear weapons simultaneously,” wrote Col. Sidorenko in his book,
The Offensive. “Its goal is the destruction of enemy means of
nuclear attack, the inflicting of destruction on the main formations of
his troops, and disorganization of the rear, economy, and troop
control.”

Is a military offensive against the U.S. being contemplated by
Russia, Iraq, North Korea and China?

To this question there is only one right answer. Let’s not get it
wrong.

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